Anna Maria Ainsworth was only 21 when her mother Sarah Jane Oxley left her second husband after he had physically abused her. Sarah Jane was forced to return to her violent husband, but after his return to Canada and death there in 1874, she remained in Southport. Anna Maria and her sister Helena, (both unmarried), were still living with their mother in 1901.
Oops! Jane Ardill as described above was married by 1866- It was her mother Jane- born in 1820 -who must have signed the petition. By 1881 she was widowed and living with her daughter Mary and son in law John Dufton in York.